House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) joined fellow Pacific Northwesterner Lars Larson on The Lars Larson Show yesterday to talk defense, health care, and regional issues. Yesterday the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an annual, bipartisan bill that ensures our men and women in the military have the resources and training they need to keep the American people safe.
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On the NDAA:
“I’ve talked to you before about the importance of Congress addressing unauthorized programs. This is one in which Congress has, consistently for the past 57 years, we have done this authorization and we need to do it throughout the federal government. It is the opportunity for us to go through the entire Department of Defense and tell them what the priorities are, but it also was our opportunity as Republicans to say, this is our top priority, we need to rebuild this military. Over the last five years we’ve seen huge cuts to the military. …they’re being asked to do more with less, it’s impacting readiness at the very time we have more threats around the world. ..It also included a pay increase for our troops, the largest in five years. …I was pleased to support it today, I’m proud to represent the men and women who serve from Fairchild Air Force Base.”
On Repealing and Replacing Obamacare:
“I believe that we must get it done. The bill that is before the Senate right now is not a perfect bill, but it largely repeals Obamacare, and it starts taking the important steps to replace Obamacare. I believe this is a time for action…but every day that goes by that we’re not getting it done we’re losing that opportunity. …We must take action to repeal and replace Obamacare. We see every day, where it continues to be failing, people, individuals, families all across this country, the premium increases, the number of counties that only have one plan available to them, 41% now in the country, so we must take this action and this is just a first step. …the House is already taking action on medical liability reform, the number one cost driver, there’s a lot more to healthcare reform than the bill that passed the House and is now before the Senate, there’s other reforms that get at the cost drivers, transparency, accountability, and choice, allowing people to go across state lines to purchase health insurance, that needs to come. …Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will be taking administrative action on over 1400 different rules that were put in place at Health and Human Services under the Affordable Care Act, so there’s a lot. It’s very complicated, there’s a lot to it but this bill in the Senate is the first step and they, they must get it done.”